Programme Title (Arabic) بكالوريوس في الإدارة اللوجستية الدولية
Acronym / Abbreviation* BILM
Nature Unendorsed Qualification
Programme Code ILM8000
Programme Duration 4 Year/Cycle
Programme Level Level 8
Programme Credits 480
Award Category Bachelors
Effective From 2019/2020 Sem 1
Owner School of Logistics & Maritime
Professional Body
Professional Body Recognition Status Effective From Interim Date Professional Bodies Contact Person Evidence
Employability Skills Yes 04 يناير 2021        
Target Groups*
High School Graduates
International Students
People in Employment
Qualification Completion Requirements Criteria

Awarded where candidates have met all of the requirements below:

  • Completion of courses to accumulate 480 credits from any Bahrain Polytechnic Qualification.
  • Successful completion of, or exemption* from, all courses listed in Schedule A below
  • Accumulation of at least 105 credits from courses in Schedule B with a minimum of 30 credits at NQF level 8
  • Achieve the Bahrain Polytechnic General Qualification Requirements as found in Policy A/AB/004 Naming and Awarding Qualifications


*Maximums and Levels of exemptions as per Policy: Credit Recognition and Exemption A-AB-012.

Programme Overview*

Bahrain Polytechnic was established by Royal Decree to address the need for a skilled Bahraini workforce to support economic growth and development. To support the development of the workforce, Bahrain Polytechnic aims to produce graduates with applied, professional qualifications. The transport and logistics sector is critical to this vision. This includes the different modes which, when joined together, are referred to as the global supply-chain and are made of separate yet interconnecting industries. These industries include maritime, ports, aviation, road, rail, warehousing and logistics.


The Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM) programme aims to develop rounded graduates who have not only the requisite skills demanded of the 21st Century workplace but also skills and knowledge required in the modern transport and logistics industry. The BILM programme primarily focuses on the main areas of this sector; supply chains (including warehousing, inventory and procurement), maritime, aviation, road transport and transport planning in deference to the local and regional industry requirements. These themes are covered in conjunction with the wider issues of sustainability and international governance. Students are able to specialise in chosen areas, however, the remit of the programme is to provide students with a broad knowledge-base of the industry as a whole.


Our ongoing partnership with our industry supporters is critical to our programme and input on our curriculum is sought from key industry and government stakeholders in order to maintain the currency of the programme and ensure the relevance of our graduates to industry needs. Another critical step in this process is our ongoing relationship with our accrediting body, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). CILT is the leading global organisation providing education and development and guidance for individuals, institutions and corporations within the industry. Embedded within the BILM programme are the industry-recognised and industry-relevant qualifications of the CILT Certificate and Diploma which provide our graduates with further pathways into employment or post-graduate study.


In sum, the BILM programme aims to deliver relevant courses and awards that support the development and sustainability of the logistics and transport industries within Bahrain, the wider region and internationally.

Entry and Selection*

General entry requirements such as secondary school achievements, English and Mathematics are described in the Student Admission Policy A/AB/010. Specific entry requirements for this qualification, beyond those described in the Student Admission Policy are as follows:

  • Academic

Applicants must show competence in General English and Mathematics. This requirement may be met by:


Successful completion of AP4203 English for Academic Purposes (or approved equivalent) and AP4101 Mathematics 2 (General) (or approved equivalent)


Or by:


Passing English and Mathematics entry tests at the required level or equivalent


  • Other

Applicants who have successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International Certificate in Logistics and Transport (or CILT equivalent) and/or CILT International Diploma in Logistics and Transport (or CILT equivalent) and/or CILT International Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport (or CILT equivalent);




Can show competence in General English as described in the Student Admission Policy A/AB/010

Selection and Criteria and Process*

Where there are more applicants who meet the programme entry criteria than can be accepted, the following shall be used:

  • Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who have completed the Certificate in Academic Preparation; and/or applicants who achieved the highest scores in entry testing; and/or applicants able to demonstrate a high level of English language competency (e.g. IELTS or equivalent); and/or applicants with relevant work experience; and/or those applicants with relevant Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) qualifications (or equivalent); and/or existing Bahrain Polytechnic degree students wishing to transfer to the BILM and are able to demonstrate academic progression through their academic transcript.

  • Selection Process

Applicants may be required to attend a panel interview to determine whether or not they will be admitted into the programme.

Major Selection Criteria*

Where the number of applicants for the Programming Major exceeds the available places, the following criteria for selection apply:

  • First priority to students who have completed all courses in Schedule A above.
  • Second priority to those students with highest combined GPAs from IT6008 Programming 1 and IT6005 Database Systems 1.
Accreditation / External Approval Requirements*

None specific to this qualification.

Attendance Requirements*

Attendance requirements are described in the policy Student Attendance A/AB/006. There are no programme specific attendance requirements.

Qualification Overview*

The qualification encompasses four years full-time academic study with the first year providing broad knowledge of transport and logistics and related disciplines at NQF levels 6. This is followed by three years full-time academic study at NQF levels 6 (in year 2), 7 (year 2 and 3) and 8 (year 3 and 4).  The intention is to build up core knowledge in a range of areas including management, accounting, geography, transport and logistics practices, warehousing, supply chains, procurement, transport law, maritime, aviation, public transport, IT and research. As they progress through years 2 and 3, students are able to choose more specialised areas of study including supply chain management, aviation or maritime studies. In the final year, this knowledge is consolidated in the form of the capstone industry project where students are placed in an industry setting where they investigate a real problem and develop practical solutions which are supported by general and specialist theoretical knowledge.

Qualification Aim*

The Bachelor of International Logistics Management programme aims to;

  1. prepare students for positions in middle management and other roles as future transport and logistics professionals, transport and environmental policy analysts, planning professionals and consultants, and transport service providers who can take leadership positions in a sector facing change;
  2. provide students with the skills to manage change associated with the way transport systems and networks adapt to external circumstances;
  3. develop students’ ability to think critically and analyse opportunities arising from the adaptation and development of various transport modes; how to plan global supply chains and manage transport networks effectively; and
  4. raise awareness of growing environmental concerns in global and local transport, including energy supply, alternative fuels and carbon emissions.
Graduate Pathways and Destination*

Graduates are able to pathway on to the following qualifications at Bahrain Polytechnic:

  • Nil

Graduates are able to pathway on to the following qualifications with other Academic Institutions or Professional Bodies:

  • The BILM’s full recognition and accreditation by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK (CILT UK) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport International (CILTi), provides BILM graduates with a range of pathways, including post-graduate studies, at numerous academic institutions worldwide including in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand .


Graduates are likely to be employed using the specific skills gained in this qualification, in, but not limited to, the following occupations:


  • Public Transport Management
  • Import/Export Management
  • Warehouse or Logistics Supervisor /Management
  • Inventory Controller / Supervision / Management
  • Supply Chain Planning / Management
  • Business Development Management
  • Freight Forwarding Management
  • Airport and Airfreight Operations Management
  • Aviation Planning, Policy and Regulation Development Management
  • Policy and Planning Development Management
  • Military and Enforcement (Navy, Customs, Police)
  • Warehouse Plant Operator
  • Customs Broker
  • Fleet Management
  • Procurement Officer / Management
  • Container Planning and Distribution Management or Control
  • Maritime / Port / Aviation Security
  • Yard Planner
  • Shipping Agent
  • Container Inspector
  • Aviation Cargo Agent


  • Further Fields of Study i.e. postgraduate studies or professional qualifications

Other Information*



Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

Operate effectively in a transport and logistics environment
Demonstrate effective thinking and problem-solving to plan and analyse transport and logistics systems, including communication systems
Explain the complex relationships between land/sea/air use and transport networks that give rise to transport and logistics demands and recognise how they blend together to create the global supply chain
Use transport network analysis and critical thinking to develop solutions that solve transport and logistics problems
Apply an in-depth understanding of how transport hubs function and how they contribute to the local and global marketplace
Identify and analyse critical issues relating to energy and transport
Apply principles of urban and regional transport planning in Bahrain
Analyse the environmental effects of the industry from a local, regional and global perspective and utilise knowledge and skills to seek solutions to limit the negative effects on the industry
Practice as a professional using 21st century skills

Semester Schedules

Year 1 / Semester 1

Course Code Title
TL6303 Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Logistics
EL5001 Introduction to English Communication
BU6010 Management Information Systems
TL6300 Managing in the Transport and Logistics Environment

Year 1 / Semester 2

Course Code Title
EL5002 English Communication for Research, Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
TL6001 Freight and Warehouse Operations
TL6000 Introduction to International Transport Geography
TL6302 Introduction to Supply Chain Operations and Procurement

Year 2 / Semester 1

Course Code Title
EL6003 English Skills A
TL7001 International Transport Law
NR National Requirements
Course Code Title
NR-Arabic National Requirements- Arabic
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 2 / Semester 2

Course Code Title
EL6004 English Skills B
BU6005 Introduction to Accounting
TL7202 Maritime Shipping Systems and Practices
Course Code Title

Year 3 / Semester 1

Course Code Title
TL7303 Urban Public Transport
Course Code Title
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 3 / Semester 2

Course Code Title
TL7009 Research Methods for Logistics
Course Code Title
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 4 / Semester 1

Course Code Title
TL8002 Transport and Energy
TL8003 Transport Communication
Course Code Title

Year 4 / Semester 2

Course Code Title
TL8501 Industry Based Project, BILM